Check Out: The Langham, Boston

4 08 2013
Perfect for a grand entrance!

Perfect for a grand entrance!

Rates
From $239 per night, but deals are available on their website as well as offers, including free WiFi when booking direct.

Basics
Formerly the Meridien and before that the Federal Reserve, this fabulous property comes with a rich history and luxurious touches from an elegant entrance and professional service to a really nice fitness facility and pool all in a convenient downtown location.

Location
Located on a beautiful oasis of green (the tiny but stunning Post Office Park), the Langham is truly meant for the business traveler but with easy access to the Orange Line subway stop at State St. (a three-minute walk), it’s an easy jaunt to gay-centric South End (get off at Back Bay Station and walk south along Clarendon or Dartmouth Streets). There’s also a Hubway bike station just outside so you can peddle pretty much anywhere in Boston, Cambridge or other nearby towns for dollars a day. It’s also within walking distance to South Street Station (Amtrak/busses) and the two high-speed Provincetown ferry lines.

Room
The rooms are spacious and have big windows. The lighting is terrific: easy to figure out and within easy fumbling distance in the middle of the night. There’s a light in the closet and lots of hangers. There are plenty of outlets in handly spots for easy re-charging of your electronic gadgetry.

Bathroom
Luxurious. Plenty of counter space to spread out your toiletries. Lots of extra towels because you know how dirty us gay travelers can be.

Amenities
We love the fitness center. Big for an urban hotel with great equipment. The pool is a luxurious treat. There’s also a sauna and jacuzzi. Bond Restaurant is a nice option and serves full meals till 10 p.m. then a lighter menu. The space becomes a nightclub/lounge on the weekends with a DJ and attracts beautiful young straights — good-looking men and women dressed to the nines. It offers great people and a really nice atmosphere and great food. If they’re on offer, try the duck flat bread and Thai spring rolls. The spa looked nice but we didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy it during our all-too-brief stay.

Room service
Available 24/7.

Bottom line
This is a great choice if you’re either on business during the week and want to stay an extra night or if you’re heading to or from Ptown or New York via the ferry or Amtrak.

Gay factor
Not the gayest hotel we’ve stayed in though Grindr showed a few people 18 to 35 feet away which sounded awfully close and likely in the hotel. This being Boston, Massachusetts, which has always been at the vanguard of progressive LGBT politics, it is of course super comfortable. No one bats an eyelash at two guys or two gals holding hands or enjoying a romantic dinner.





Hotel Monaco Philadelphia: Gayot Named It One of Top 10 Hotels

5 11 2012

I stayed at the fabulous new Hotel Monaco Philadelphia this past weekend. I only got to spend one night but with a late check out I felt as though I was able to get a good feel for the new property. Gayot named it one of the top 10 new U.S. hotels.

The property is in the totally renovated historic (but previously neglected) Lafayette building, built in 1907 as a homage to Revolutionary war hero General Marquis de Lafayette. The building imposed some layout constraints so when you enter from the street you have to turn right into the ample lobby, the site of a free nightly wine hour from 5pm-6pm. (On the left from the entrance is the Red Owl Tavern.)

It’s in Old City so if you are visiting with the intention of getting a big gulp of historical Philadelphia, you can’t find a better location. It’s right on Independence National Historic Park with more early American history than you can shake a copy of the Declaration of Independence at, which was actually signed very near hear. It’s a quick easy cab ride or a nice 10- to 15-minute walk to Philly’s vibrant Gayborhood.

The room I enjoyed was a one-bedroom suite with stunning (third floor) views of a number of important historic buildings and museums including the home of the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. The furnishings are reminscent of others in the upscale Monaco brand, very modern and tasteful with a dark, masculine palette, with localized touches like the words to important early-American legal documents in the wall treatments.

The Red Owl Tavern has become a very popular restaurant in the short month it’s been opened. What the staff may lack in seasoning (which will come), they more than make up in warmth and earnestness. I personally don’t like to be greeted as “friend” by my waiter every time he walks by the table, but there are worse infringements and it did not diminish from the hearty, tasty options like the fresh-caught seared Marlin special I enjoyed.

I briefly checked out the Stratus Rooftop Bar & Lounge, which drew a cool young (25-40), mostly hetero crowd. The view of the faint stars above was great but high walls obstruct actual city views.

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Atlantic City, The Water Club at Borgata and Madonna: A Great Combination

14 09 2012

I’m very excited to have been invited to see Madonna at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

This is my first real hotel overnight visit and I feel like I’m doing it right. I’m not a gamer so I wasn’t sure what kinds of activities I could enjoy. The great folks at the Atlantic City Alliance (the city’s destination marketing organization), three of the amazing resorts in town (the Water Club at Borgata, Caesars AC, and Revel Resort) and other city partners have organized quite a visit.

Follow my visit via Twitter at @EdSalvato and check back here later.

Want to vogue with me at MDNA? Get info and tickets here: https://atlanticcitynj.com/visitors/thingstodo/madonna.aspx





Marriott Invites You to “Be You, With Us” and Enter a Sweepstakes

7 06 2012

Can I be me with them?

Check out Marriott’s gay Pride packages and enter to win their “Be You, With Us” sweepstakes with a grand prize of a trip to New York City, San Francisco or Berlin 2013 Gay Pride Festivals valued at up to $5,000.

  • NB: This is for 2013, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan, book your travel and find the perfect Pride outfit or two.

According to Marriott, A sample package is The Get a Room! Vancouver Pridepackage at the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown in Canada including overnight accommodations in a king deluxe studio, full hot buffet breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet, parking, two door passes to Celebrities Night Club and two cocktails in Cavino, the hotel restaurant.

Book hotel deals and packages, get more informaton and enter the Be You, With Us Sweeps at www.marriott.com/pride





Normandy Hotel, Washington D.C. Offers June Pride Special

30 05 2012

Normandy Hotel, lobby

In honor of Gay Pride month, this luxurious, boutique property in the gay-popular Dupont Circle area of D.C. is offering a special package starting Thursday, May 30 through June 30, 2012 called “Somewhere Under the Rainbow.”

This two-night package, valid Thursday through Sunday, is $295 and includes the following:

    • $295 ++ Two-night Accommodation in Superior Room [double occupancy]
    • Gay Traveling Book
    • Rainbow Sweatband
    • Rainbow Bracelet

The ‘fine print’:

  • Make your reservation by calling 1.855.533.6953 and mention code “PRIDE.”  
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability and based on double occupancy.
  • Package is available Thursdays-Sundays May 31—June 30, 2012.
  • This special may not be used with any other discounts or specials. This prepaid nonrefundable rate is includes tax and excludes gratuity.]

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All that Jazz at the Kitano Hotel, New York

27 05 2012

If you enjoy jazz, the Kitano Hotel on Park Ave. has just introduced its JAZZ at KITANO series, with a constantly changing schedule of acts from well known performers to lesser known rising stars.

We recently checked out Barbara Carroll, formerly of the Oak Room who performed a tight, set of standards—fingers flying over keyboard and her sexy, low voice belying her years (probably in her 80s). But just fabulous. There is usually a gay presence:  On our most recent visit, out of about 20 couples 3 were gay male couples and 1 was a lesbian couple.

It’s on the lobby level of the hotel so just enter and proceed directly to the back. Alternatively, there is also a separate main entrance on 38th St. closer to Park Ave.

Enjoy  small plates or a full meal of contemporary American cuisine with Pan Asian influences and a full bar.

Jazz performances take place every Monday through Saturday as follows:

  • Monday:  Open Jam Session from 8:00p.m. to 11:30p.m.
  • Tuesday:  Piano Solo Series from 8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
  • Wednesday to Saturday:  Live Jazz, two shows nightly. 8:00p.m. and 10:00p.m.
  • Sunday: Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch, two seatings at 11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.

$10 cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per set on Wednesday and Thursday.
$25 cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per set on Friday and Saturday.

Menu:  Sunday Jazz Brunch menu    Lunch menu    Dinner menu
Jazz Reservations:  212-885-7119
Dress:  Casual





Suite Dreams: Oregon Hotel Strives to Keep Portland Queer

16 03 2012

Doing their part to keep Portland queer

Doing their part to keep Portland, Oregon quirky and homo-friendly, the Jupiter Hotel, a locally owned boutique property, announced a new room package, Keep Portland Queer.

The package includes an LGBT Travel Portland brochure, as well as complimentary resources like Out City and PQ Monthly magazines, as well as a tasty treat from local favorite Voodoo Doughnuts, a gift card to Fantasy for Adults Only and a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato, with ten percent of the proceeds from the package donated to the PDX Q Center.

So you can stay queer and give back to the local community. According to the Jupiter, “The donation to the PDX Q Center encourages a symbiotic relationship with local LGBTQ partners and beneficiaries.” (I just loved that a hotel used the term LGBTQ in an official communication!)

The Keep Portland Queer package can be viewed online or booked here: http://bit.ly/KeepPortlandQueer








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